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updated: 4/11/2014 4:45 PM

Woodridge man accused of threatening cops with baseball bat

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    Peter Valinskas


A Woodridge man is accused of charging police officers with a baseball bat before they subdued him with a stun gun.

Peter Valinskas, 31, of the 7800 block of Westview Lane, is being held on $75,000 bond in DuPage County jail.

He is charged with criminal damage to property valued at $20,000, resisting or obstructing a police officer and aggravated assault of a peace officer, stemming from his March 30 arrest.

Valinskas called the Woodridge Police Department on March 30 to warn them that he was "off his medication" and was destroying his family's home, Assistant State's Attorney Anne Therieau said. When Valinskas' parents attempted to call 911 for an ambulance, Valinskas became enraged and smashed every window in the house, including the windows of two cars in the garage.

"When officers arrived, every single item made of glass in the home was broken," Therieau said.

Valinskas also is accused of charging at the officers with the baseball bat he is accused of using to destroy the house.

"Ultimately (Valinskas) had to be Tazed so officers could gain control," Therieau said.

Valinskas was immediately taken to Linden Oaks mental health facility at Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he was treated until he was booked into the jail on Thursday.

If Valinskas is able to bond out, he is not allowed to have contact with either of his parents. His next court date is April 24. He is also awaiting trial on a 2013 charge of damaging government-supported property.

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